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nudnik

[noo d-nik] /ˈnʊd nɪk/
noun, Slang.
1.
a persistently dull, boring pest.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; < Yiddish, equivalent to nud- base of nudyen (see nudge2) + -nik -nik
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British Dictionary definitions for nudnik

nudnik

/ˈnʌdnɪk/
noun
1.
(US, informal) an annoying or boring person
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish nudyen to bore + -nik
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Word Origin and History for nudnik
n.

1947, from Yiddish, with agential suffix -nik + Polish nuda "boredom" or Russian nudnyi "tedious, boring," from Old Church Slavonic *nauda-, from PIE *neuti- "need" from root *nau- "death, to be exhausted" (see need (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for nudnik

nudnik

noun

An annoying person; pest; nuisance; nudge: the story of a gang of nudniks trying to defeat the establishment/ remains an unreconstructed nudnik throughout

Related Terms

-nik

[fr Yiddish nudne, ''boring'']


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